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Task force addresses regional drug issues

Police Officer Brock Germer discusses the Regional Drug Task Force and the officers going undercover as drug buyers to get information Monday in the Pullman City Hall.

DAISY ZAVALA, Evergreen reporter

April 9, 2019

The Quad Cities Drug Task Force presented to the Pullman Police Advisory Committee about past drug cases and what the task force does. Brock Germer, Pullman police officer and task force member, said their members are from agencies in Pullman and towns in Idaho that include Lewiston, Clarkston and...

Police honor reserve officer for service

Reserve Police Officer Dennis Pratt was recognized by the Pullman Police Department for his volunteer hours. Pratt usually patrols the Pullman streets using a bicycle instead of a police car, like the one pictured.

CODY SCHOELER, Evergreen reporter

April 9, 2019

The Pullman Police Department recognized the work of one of their officers for National Volunteer Week. Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins said Reserve Police Officer Dennis Pratt is not a typical reserve officer. Jenkins said most officers volunteer 20 to 30 hours a month, but Pratt volunteers...

Ally training discusses support for LGBTQ students

GIESORC Director Matthew Jeffries led a training session for allies of the LGBTQ community Wednesday afternoon in the Chinook Student Center. Jeffries
says there are resources on campus for marginalized groups, like a growing number of gender-neutral bathrooms and an open space for students.

LAUREN ELLENBECKER, Evergreen reporter

April 4, 2019

A workshop Wednesday showed WSU students and staff ways to be an ally to people in the LGBTQ community. Matthew Jeffries, director of Gender Identity/ Expression and Sexual Orientation Resource Center (GIESORC), and a representative from Cougar Health Services hosted a workshop to speak about being...

Senators vote for open discussions with police

Director of Communication Brandon Crawford, left, Rachel Ring deputy director of communication, center, and deputy director of communications
Skylar Schmidt give a report about their work to the ASWSU Senate on Wednesday night at the CUB.

DAISY ZAVALA, Evergreen reporter

April 4, 2019

The ASWSU Senate showed support for open forum discussions between police departments, the Pullman community and students to address sexual misconduct and violence at Wednesday night's meeting in the CUB. The resolution was authored by ASWSU Senators Synthia Alcantar and Hannah Martian and called...

Memorial fund for late Lauren McCluskey raises about $92,000

Victoria Waltz, longtime friend of Lauren McCluskey, speaks about mourning the loss of McCluskey and happy memories she shared with her Nov. 1 at Pullman High School.

GEORGE ERALIL, Evergreen reporter

April 4, 2019

A memorial fund honoring the late, former Pullman High School track star, has raised close to $92,000 for track and field athletes at the University of Utah. The memorial fund was established by the University of Utah to honor Lauren, said Chris Nelson, communications director at the University of...

Panhellenic Council looks to improve safety

WSU Panhellenic Council President Ani Duni says community outreach and transparency are two of the goals laid out in ‘Forward 19’ Thursday afternoon in the CUB. Duni says Panhellenic hopes to include more diverse programs and to improve overall inclusivity on campus.

CARMEN JARAMILLO, Evergreen reporter

April 2, 2019

The WSU Panhellenic Council may revise bylaws in the coming months to focus on safety as part of an initiative called “Forward 19.” Panhellenic President Ani Duni said traditionally Panhellenic councils, which serve for one year, set a checklist of goals at the beginning of the year they want...

Domestic abuse, brain injury link inspires bill

“My injury is quite old, so I don’t know what opportunities for recovery I have at this point,” abuse survivor Victoria says.

LAUREN ELLENBECKER, Evergreen reporter

April 2, 2019

Victoria records daily conversations, transcribes the recordings, refers to her notebook and studies material until it becomes a memory. “If I don’t write something down, it doesn’t exist in my world,” said Victoria, who asked that her full name not be used due to an ongoing restraining order....

Proposed bill could make studded tires illegal

Studded tires are illegal to use when it is not winter, but a proposed bill would ban the the use of studded tires year-round. Cindy Ryu, Washington state representative, says using these tires cause significant damage to roads that costs taxpayers money.

JAYCE CARRAL, Evergreen reporter

March 28, 2019

Washington state highways received over $20 million in repairs due to damage from tires House Bill 1309 would phase out and ultimately ban studded tires in Washington by 2025. John Shaheen, WSU Transportation Services director, said studded tires have metal studs embedded in the tires that can diminish...

City police recognized for drone program

Pullman City Police Chief Gary Jenkins talks about the need for a new captain position on the force Jan. 15 at City Hall.

GEORGE ERALIL, Evergreen reporter

March 26, 2019

The Alliance for Innovation will award the Pullman Police Department for its use of drones in local government initiatives, community outreach and welfare projects. Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins said the Outstanding Achievement in Local Government Innovation Award recognizes the department’s...

Contractors remove feeder tunnel, close some pedestrian access on Grimes Way

Construction on Grimes Way began Monday to replace feeder tunnels and will continue until the beginning of June.

CODY SCHOELER, Evergreen reporter

March 25, 2019

Electric contractors started construction work on the WSU electric power distribution system Monday. WSU Construction Manager Brian Funke said contractors will remove an old feeder tunnel. The construction is planned to last until approximately the second week of June. Areas effected by construction...

NHSTA recalls 37 million Takata airbags

JAYCE CARRAL, Evergreen reporter

March 19, 2019

Pullman Police issued an alert regarding a recall of Takata airbags. Drivers can check their vehicle for any recalls by going to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website and entering either a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or the year, make and model of a vehicle into the section...

New bill could raise smoking age

If this bill is made into law, it would change the legal smoking age from 18 to 21. This would include vapes and cigarette use.

CAMERON SHEPPARD, Evergreen reporter

March 7, 2019

The Washington state House of Representatives voted 66-30 in favor of raising the minimum age required to buy tobacco and vaping products from 18 to 21. The bill, HB 1074, was supported by state Attorney General Bob Ferguson and the Washington Department of Health. Lawmakers passed the bill on Feb....

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